What Choice?

It’s late and you find yourself walking down a street that you know is not the best at this hour.  To your great misfortune, in a flash you are confronted with a gun to your head.  The gunman demands for your money, cell phone, all of your other belongings, including your keys.  You hesitate and the gunman, becoming more aggravated with your delay, states do as he demands or he will shoot.  It’s your choice, you have the freedom choose either option. So what would or should you do? 

Is this analogous to our choice in choosing to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior?  It does seem that Jesus is saying, follow me or choose to burn in Hell for eternity.   It’s your choice.  Okay I admit, I have free will to choose, but how free am I?  Is that free will or coercion?  If this is the case, then golly, thanks! What choice is that?  This doesn’t seem quite fair, not even close to a bargain!  However, this is not the case at all.  Let me explain.

We all have an option.  We could either choose to follow Christ or not to.  God has given us that free choice, coined as free will.  And in the end we can either enter the kingdom of God (heaven) or not (hell).  Let’s look deeper at our choice and its implications.

Suppose a person is either an atheist or Christian.  Obviously the atheist has chosen not to follow Jesus Christ.  In that they, upon death they are condemned, sent to hell, a place void of God.  The Christian has chosen to follow Jesus and upon death, has life entering the kingdom for which is full of God.  Hence, both parties in their freedom to choose have obtained exactly what both craved and longed for while in this life. 

 So in the end God grants us exactly what we have wished for, and that sounds like one heck of a bargain.

6 thoughts on “What Choice?

  1. Hello again. I’m an atheist and I am an atheist because I do not see enough evidence to believe in Christianity. I also find it hard to understand. If it were true though, I would prefer to believe it so I could know Jesus and go to heaven.

    So for me I have either the option to be intellectually dishonest and give in to the fear that I might go to Hell (Christianity might be true, instead of Islam or some other religion), or I can be intellectually honest and hope that if there is a God, he will respect me for being as honest as possible.

    I always find it strange that Christians seem to think that atheists like me actually don’t want to believe that Jesus is real, and that we can live for eternity with him instead of just becoming space dust after we die …

  2. Hi EvolutionSWAT,

    It is important to be intellectually honest. The fact that you are means you are more than willing to look at evidence and make decisions toward what is truth. It also means that in no way you are hinged to any conclusion if deemed incorrect. We should all be truth-seekers in that sense. In other words, really believe in what we say we believe! Believers and non-believers alike!

    When I was exploring Christianity, I often asked myself what proof did I need in order for me to believe. In other words, what evidence was enough? That question led me to certain realistic expectations. Let me pose the same question to yourself. What evidence or proof do you feel is needed?

    Let’s forget about this Jesus fellar for a second. Let’s first consider the question of does a God exist. Let’s not consider if that God is working intricately here and now. Just if a God exists. Let’s ponder where we came from. Okay, it all was coalescing star-dust. Now where did the star-dust come from? In other words where did the material come from? Where did that come from that made the material?

  3. I am not sure where the matter came from. I am not sure if multi-verse theory is true or not, or why the universe is the way it is. All I have are educated guesses. It may be that the ultimate cause is beyond human comprehension, I do not know …

  4. Hi EvolutionSwat,

    I do agree completely that we are in a situation where we can’t see out of the box and are incapable of fully understanding it all. Take a letter or paper you have written and give it to me. Is it possible for me to find you embodied in that text. No cause you are a person not a piece of paper! Nor could you find who Matt Beauregard is in a textbook. We aren’t that textbook, we only created it. But we only can see the textbook!

    It is true that we live in a very priviliged planet. SETI, among others, have put forth key characteristics of a planet that could inhabit life. There are roughly twenty of these. Correct distance from a sun, a certain type of sun, a iron core that induces a magnetic field, the perfect moon (our moon is abnormally large in comparison to us), etc., to name a few. If we tackle on a 1/10 conservative probability we are looking at 1 in 10^20 chance of finding a planent like ours. Fortunately there are billions of galaxies, unfortunately there are estimated only 10^11 planets. So it is rare indeed! So we can roll the dice 10^11 times and hope for our twenty key features. That means there is a 1 in 10^9 chance that we find another planet like ours. That’s small.

    This is where Multi-verse theory (string theory) has chimed in, hoping to create an explanation. By adding more universes it seems that we have more planets to observe that could be like ours. That is, more times to roll the dice. The bad thing is that it is untestable (at least for right now). In either case it only puts the question of who created it back just one level.

    I don’t ascribe to Dawkin’s rendition of God stopping the endless cycle of having an explanation for the explanation, as this idea stems from putting God ‘in the book’ and on the time spectrum.

    Holding the premise that God exists and created the universe we know that he is:

    1. Immaterial, i.e. not physical. Is it possible to test for God’s existence using physical instruments or through the observance of our physical laws? We can fully understand our box, but now what is outside of the box.

    2. Timeless, i.e. transcendent. Just like Flatland, which you mentioned before. Who created the Creator is therefore not a valid question as it puts him on a timeline.

    If you get a chance visit Dr. Craig’s website reasonablefaith.org. In the debates section there are topics that he discusses with our prominent scholars. The articles are also top-notch, but I like the debates as you see both arguments clearly put forth. Take a look!

    Best,

    Matt

  5. Hey, thanks for the response. Right now I am reading Reasonable Faith. It’s a pretty good book. I do think you make a good point about God not being part of the universe/time etc.

    • Hi EvolutionSWAT,

      That is a pretty good book, Dr. Craig has a very nice and clear writing style. Also on the partnered website there are Q & A’s, some are pretty abstract but there the larger majority are on point and real, personal questions.

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